Reading: Matthew 12:1-14
As a child I’ve memorised the 10 Commandments in Sunday School, including that part wherein we’re to observe the Sabbath. It was all in the head, but one day someone taught me to take it seriously. One Sunday afternoon I took the broom to sweep bits of thread and cloth on the floor as my visiting Grandma had been sewing me a dress the previous days. I was surprised when she stopped me, telling me it was the Sabbath and we’re supposed to rest. Hhm, food for thought.
I also used to ask my masseuse to come over on a Saturday afternoon to give me a massage, and always got the reply that she will drop by on Sunday or Monday afternoon instead. Ahh, I keep forgetting—she goes to church on Saturdays. Of late she had been responding to my Saturday requests, and baffled, I asked why. The reply: “Jesus healed on the Sabbath, so why can’t I?” True.
My friend, let us not forget that the Lord has given us one day of the week to refresh. It is for everyone—employers and employees, including our beasts of burden (Deuteronomy 5:13-14). It is a day to take a break from our usual routine—to take physical and mental rest, to praise and worship the Lord in the company of believers, to do good to our fellowmen. We might bewail that our Sabbath is tiring, with so many activities and ministries in church—but we do not desecrate the day, and we can ask the Lord for strength, and wisdom on how to manage our tasks. But what He desires is that this day will do you, and our fellowmen, good. And because in Jesus we have already found our Sabbath rest*, we can live the spirit of the Sabbath every day of the week.
“This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not think evil of each other.’”- Zechariah 7:9-10
*I have found this site very helpful in understanding how Jesus is our Sabbath rest